“Pride erects a little kingdom of its own, and acts as sovereign in it.” – William Hazliti
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people, and of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” C S. Lewis
Pride is one of the most dangerous things a person can have in their life. By pride, lucifer fell, by pride kingdoms have fallen, and by pride comes destruction. There are almost innumerable warning in the scripture about pride. “when pride cometh, then cometh shame…” – Proverbs 11:2, “Only by pride cometh contention…” Proverbs 13:10, “A man’s pride shall bring him low…” – Proverbs 29:23.
Pride will destroy a person faster than anything else, but what exactly is pride. The simple definition of pride is arrogance. Websters 1828 dictionary defines pride as inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank or elevation in office, which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others. Pride is not only a disposition or attitude, but is also action… it is the conduct of an individual.
The Bible would use terms like haughty, high minded, and lifted up. Pride is never a positive thing, and is abhorred by God greatly.
In our text, we get to see a very real picture of what pride does. Uzziah was a godly king, but pride was his downfall. When God blessed Uzziah and he became strong, Uzziah’s heart was lifted up in pride. He went into the temple and presume to do the work of the priest and offer incense upon the altar. The priest stood in his way and confronted them, but Uzziah in pride and anger went forward to do it anyway.
At this moment, the Lord struck Uzziah with leprosy. Eventually Uzziah would die of the leprosy. An untimely death for sure… he could have been a great king, but pride. The Lord showed in very clear fashion His attitude toward pride and arrogance in the life of Uzziah.
Don’t be prideful. When the Lord blesses you, be thankful and humble. Humility is possible when we think in truth about who we really are… just sinners saved by grace. A thankful heart will be a humble heart. This is why is so important to spend time daily with the Lord in prayer and thanksgiving… it will keep you humble.
Pride will creep into your life as you start to see everything as YOUR accomplishments and YOUR things. The more the personal pronouns begin to fly from your mind, heart, and mouth the more pride will be present. We need to be cautious to always view who we and what we have through a Biblical lens.
Today, choose humility, choose thankfulness, reject pride.
Daily Scripture Reading
2 Chronicles 25 - 27
2 Chronicles 26:5
And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him to prosper.